Position
Defender
Height
5'6
Class
Freshman
Hometown
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Major
Sport Administration
High School
St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary

FRESHMAN SEASON (2013)
Made 18 appearances with 11 starts during her true freshman season with the Tigers in 2013 … Played as both a central defender and defensive midfielder during her rookie campaign … Scored two goals and four points despite playing a defensive role in the team … Scored her first career goal in the 86th minute of LSU’s 5-3 win at Arkansas on Oct. 4 to seal the victory … Also scored the team’s only goal of the match in the 51st minute in a 3-1 defeat on the road to 23rd-ranked Kentucky on Oct. 27 … Attempted just five shots with three shots on goal on the season, finishing with a .400 shot percentage and a .600 shots on goal percentage … Appeared in all six of LSU’s shutouts on the season … Earned a start in shutouts against Louisiana Tech (1-0), Louisiana-Monroe (6-0) and TCU (0-0) at home and 13th-ranked Southern California (1-0) on a neutral field at the Minnesota Gold Classic … Came off the bench to help lead the Tigers to a pair of 1-0 shutouts at Rice to wrap up the non-conference season and Missouri on their home field …  Helped lead a defensive unit that finished the season with a 1.49 goals against average while conceding 31 goals to LSU’s opponents during the 2013 season … Earned her first varsity letter.

PRIOR TO LSU
One of the premier central defenders in North America to join the NCAA Division I ranks for the Class of 2013 … Represented her country at the highest levels of youth soccer worldwide as part of the Canadian Women’s National Team system … Invited to train with the best Under-20 players in Canada in two national EXCELeration camps held in Portland, Ore., and Vancouver, British Columbia, in the spring of 2013 … A veteran of the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan as a member of the U-17 Canadian Women’s National Team under the direction of coaches Bryan Rosenfeld, Dave Benning and Linda Hathorn … Started all four matches for Canada at the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in group play matches against Nigeria, Colombia and Azerbaijan and a quarterfinal match against North Korea … Earned 10 international caps during her stint with the U-17 Canadian Women’s National Team as she has also competed against the likes of China, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago and the United States … Helped guide the U-17 Canadian Women’s National Team to a berth into the 2012 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup with a silver-medal-winning second-place finish at the Confederation of North, Central American & Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) Qualification Tournament held in Guatemala … Attended four training camps with the U-17 Canadian Women’s National Team in preparation for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup … Captained the U-15 Canadian Women’s National Team for the 2010 season … Also captained the Ontario Provincial Team for two seasons in 2009 and 2010 while competing for the squad for three seasons from 2009-11 … Coached with the provincial team by head coaches Ruben Flores (2009), Thomaz Niedzwiecki (2010) and Joey Lombardi (2011) … Led her provincial team to a pair of gold medals in the U-14 and U-16 levels at the Canadian Soccer Association National All-Star Championships in 2009 and 2011, respectively … A three-year member of the player pool at the CSA National Training Center from 2010-12 … A five-year veteran of the Oakville Soccer Club from 2007-11 … Coached at the club level by Dino Lopez … Honored as the Outstanding Female Player of the Year for the Oakville Soccer Club following the 2011 season … Also coached by Danny Stewart as a member of the W-League’s Toronto Lady Lynx … Also a standout performer in basketball, cross country, volleyball and track and field at St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School … A three-time city cross country champion in Hamilton, Ontario, in 2007, 2008 and 2009 … Was a regional finalist in the 400-meter dash and 4×100-meter relay on the track.

PERSONAL
Full name is Rebecca Marie Pongetti … Born on June 28, 1995 … Parents are Larry and Kristine Pongetti … Has an older sister, Sarah, who is studying biology at the University of Western Ontario … An honor roll student during her prep career at St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School … Maintained a 3.5 grade-point average during her high school tenure … Recipient of the Director of Education Award in Physical Education in 2009 … Majoring in sport administration with a concentration in sport leadership.

 

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